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By Deborah Morris-Travers, UNICEF NZ National Advocacy Manager and Tick for Kids spokesperson

The “cycle of mutual neglect” occurs when young people and those living in poverty don’t vote. When these groups don’t vote, politicians neglect them. With nothing to inspire these groups to turnout, they continue not to, and politicians continue to neglect them. The vicious cycle goes on.

It is for this reason government has been able to neglect children for so long. It is for this reason 285,000 New Zealand children live in poverty.

Children cannot vote. Adults in poverty or with low levels of education are much less likely to vote. Politicians, with their own self-interest in mind, have prioritised the older demographic and sectors of society where people are politically engaged.

Low voter engagement distorts the policy process and entrenches conditions that prevent people from voting. In 2011, only 40 per cent of those aged 18-30 voted. Young voters are 20 per cent of the voting population. Older people make up only 15 per cent of the population, yet government policy heavily favours this older group.

The Tick for Kids campaign, launching today, is working to change that.

The “cycle of mutual neglect” occurs when young people and those living in poverty don’t vote. When these groups don’t vote, politicians neglect them. With nothing to inspire these groups to turnout, they continue not to, and politicians continue to neglect them. The vicious cycle goes on.

It is for this reason government has been able to neglect children for so long. It is for this reason 285,000 New Zealand children live in poverty.

Children cannot vote. Adults in poverty or with low levels of education are much less likely to vote. Politicians, with their own self-interest in mind, have prioritised the older demographic and sectors of society where people are politically engaged.

Low voter engagement distorts the policy process and entrenches conditions that prevent people from voting. In 2011, only 40 per cent of those aged 18-30 voted. Young voters are 20 per cent of the voting population. Older people make up only 15 per cent of the population, yet government policy heavily favours this older group.


See the UNICEF NZ blog.

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